British Library archiving lockdown experiences, including passover preparation
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British Library archiving lockdown experiences, including passover preparation

‘Covid Chronicles’ will be based of callers to BBC Radio 4 and will 'document the national experience' of the pandemic.

(Photo by Dan LeFebvre on Unsplash)
(Photo by Dan LeFebvre on Unsplash)

The British Library has said it is archiving listeners’ experiences of life under coronavirus lockdown and including a Jewish family’s Passover preparations.

The ‘Covid Chronicles’ will be based of callers to BBC Radio 4 and will “document the national experience” of the pandemic.

Alongside the thoughts of the Jewish family will be recollections of a woman who gave birth at the height of the health crisis as well as a mourner’s experience of their mother’s funeral.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said the Jewish people’s celebration of Passover this year was “exceptionally difficult” because it is “the ultimate family-orientated event” yet social distancing measures and limits on travel meant it many felt isolated.

Polly Russell, a curator at the British Library, said the Covid Chronicles would “provide a snapshot in a time of national crisis,” and be “a wonderful record of this time and a brilliant resource for researchers in the future”. She added that they were “personal, intimate, surprising, sometimes funny and often moving”.

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